Whatever Works Reviews

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July 2, 2009
This toxic, contemptuous, unforgivably unfunny bagatelle finds Allen at his most misanthropically one-note.
June 26, 2009
A more vibrant film than Allen's worst but the screenwriting mistakes and general misanthropy hold it back from being anywhere near his best.
June 26, 2009
The dialogue is forced and stagey, the actions as predictable as they are improbable and the insights little more than dusty clichés.
June 26, 2009
It never registers as more than a writer's conceit.
June 26, 2009
We've seen this kind of May-December setup in many Allen movies, but this one follows a less predictable path and with more amusing secondary characters.
June 26, 2009
Allen and David do stuff in Whatever Works that shouldn't work but does.
June 26, 2009
Woody Allen had a nice winning streak going for him, and then he brought in his younger self to screw things up.
June 25, 2009
Coming off last year's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, the freshest Allen film in more than a decade, Whatever Works plays like a hoary old Broadway stage comedy yanked, reluctantly, into the present.
June 25, 2009
As Whatever Works creaks along, the attention-getting nastiness of the first half dissipates and it turns into just another Woody Allen overacted sex farce.
June 25, 2009
Coming off last year's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, the freshest Allen film in more than a decade, Whatever Works plays like a hoary old Broadway stage comedy yanked, reluctantly, into the present.
June 25, 2009
Whatever Works would have only worked if its director had written his trademark self-caricature out of it.
June 25, 2009
Larry David is the mind of the enterprise, and Evan Rachel Wood is the heart.
June 22, 2009
It's consistently very funny, sharp and observant.
June 22, 2009
It's no secret that I am a lifelong Woody Allen fan.
June 22, 2009
Does little except reinforce the notion that Allen's creative well has long since run dry.
June 19, 2009
It's good to have Allen return to the city he grew up in. Can the grown-up Woody come back now, please?
June 19, 2009
For now, [Allen] has given up making films that are about anything bigger than a quirky theme and a few dozen one-liners.
June 19, 2009
As a holding pattern until Allen gets a new, better movie together, this works for now.
June 19, 2009
Except for brief moments, Whatever Works does not involve.
June 19, 2009
A belabored trifle that's occasionally amusing but often just bewildering, beginning with the movie's intentionally outlandish setup.
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